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Ramacharitmanas 24. Jaya Hanuman!

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Finally we hear of our beloved Lord Hanuman, It is almost as if Tulasidas has been building up all his prayers to glorify the great embodiment of dharma and devotion, Hanuman.  There is a saying in the Upanishads which says ‘polish the mirror of your heart, and you will see God.’  It is Hanuman, who shows us what a polished mirror is.  As a servant of this mighty lord my heart is filled with Love as we glorify God’s greatest servant.

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Ramacharitmanas 22. Ayodhya

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I bow with reverence with to the sacred land of Ayodhya. It is the birthplace of our beloved Lord Shri Rama.  I bow to those fortunate souls lucky enough to reside there. I greet Kausalaya, the Queen of Dasaratha, whose glory should be known throughout the world. I revere the great King of Dasaratha as an embodiment of virtue.  May you shower your blessings upon me as a devotee of your beloved Son. I adore Ayodhya and their great King for he and the people are filled with compassion, devoted to serving the poor, and constantly in remembrance of Shri Rama’s lotus feet.

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Help us Make Our First Dharmic Temple

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Yesterday we launched a very important campaign. We are trying to raise £20,000 over the next 60 days. I want to build a small temple dedicated to serving the poor.
There will be a children’s school made on the site as the main service to the village community.

I hope you can support us by helping to raise the needed funds to make the dream a reality.

I would also love your personal involvement in the project. You can even come and help us build it with your own hands!

Yesterday a very special day on the Hindu Calendar. When King Yudhisthira recieved a pot that eternally gave provisions. In the same spirit I hope these centres can be places of eternal service for those who need it most.

Here is the link below, I will be eternally thankful for any contribution you can make.

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Magnify the Good of Others

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It is all to easy to spot the faults of other people. How often we comment on the actions of others, I think we would be far better off setting the example. If we set high standards ourselves then we may inspire others by our acts, rather than contributing to a negative atmosphere. Mahatma Gandhi often used to say that we should use a magnifying glass to

What is Sanatana Dharma?

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What is Sanatana Dharma?

Here is Bhisma’s definition in the Mahabharata.

This is the second verse included in our new book ‘The Eternal Path: Pearls of Wisdom from Hinduism’

Not harming, truthfulness, remaining free from anger, and charity, are the four practices you must adhere to, Ajatasatru. This is the Sanatana Dharma.

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The Importance of Cows to Hinduism

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One thing most people know about Hindus is that they show reverence for the cow, but few really understand the reason for this, and as a result it has been ridiculed at times, with ‘sacred cow’ being used as a metaphor for any object or idea that is pointlessly respected. On a number of occasions the Mahabharata emphasises the view that cows should be respected and even worshipped, and here some of the reasoning behind this custom is explained.  Like one’s parents, the cow provides human beings with food in the form of milk and dairy products, and so it is natural that one should reciprocate this bounty by showing respect and providing for the wellbeing of the giver. In the western world, too often animals are treated purely as a resource to be exploited as fully as possible, but here we get a different perspective based on reciprocation rather than one-sided exploitation. At a broader level, one can apply this same mood of reciprocation to the whole of the natural world, and in India the Earth is often represented in the form of a cow.  We ruthlessly exploit the resources of the Earth to the point of causing harm to the environment and hence to our own wellbeing. If we could only learn the lesson embodied by the Hindu devotion to the cow then perhaps our world could be a more wholesome place to inhabit.

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Science and Spirituality are Not Mutually Exclusive

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Often when one thinks of how science and spirituality (especially pertaining to Hinduism) interact with each other, the thoughts that come up are of how diametrically opposed the findings of science are to those of spirituality. As a result, one is often studied at the exclusion of the other.

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Yoga Can Be Practiced by Anyone

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Oftentimes these days, there is a bit of apprehension towards people outside of the Hindu faith practising yoga. While yoga is indeed associated with the Hindu faith – and more effort should be made to get people to recognize the Hindu roots of yoga – that doesn’t necessarily mean that yoga can only be practices by those born into the faith of Hinduism.

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Who Are We Really?

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Who are we really?An accountant? An author?

On a daily basis we are confronted with types and social identities, and from childhood it has been ingrained within us to think as such. People spend a lifetime wondering who they truly are, very few of us come to a conclusion, a result………. But even then, things are rarely black and white.

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Be a Saragrahi

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Those who are endowed with spiritual vision can recognise foreign saragrahis as fellow yogis. Komola-Sraddhas (Those of simple faith) and those who are inexperienced think if them as worldly or sometimes even against God. But saragrahis can easily recognize their fellow spiritualists,

I really wanted to share this with you all

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For me the scholar Professor Narasimhachary embodies the Sanatana Dharma.  This photo is from his talk for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in Leicester.  The talk was called Religion in South India. He sadly passed away recently.

 

narasimhachary

 

Unfortunately you cannot buy the DVD of the talk unless you visit one of the Friends of the OCHS talks in Leicester (Which I highly recommend), I have however asked them to make this talk and others available online.

 

I will be sharing some more links in the near future about the works that Professor Narasimhachary left us and the work of the OCHS in general, Why share this? Because think it is absolutely invaluable to us all.

 

I found this great book written by him called Gods and Goddesses of South India.  It is a little expensive but the knowledge he carries is immense. You could not possibly buy you a better Christmas gift!

A Saint Called Ramananda

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The Meaning of Namaste

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Namaste,

Heritage is easy to take for granted. Being born into an Indian family, I never knew the richness and profound importance Hinduism has in the world. Even the simplest greeting is an offering to the divine. My teacher Ram Dass said,

‘In India when we meet and part we often say, ‘Namaste’, which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.’

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A Thousand Hindus

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Spiritual Stuff and a Sadhus Story

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Whats your motive for worship?

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Namaste,

I hope you’re well and in good health,

The Bhagavad Gita offers us an interesting categorization of why we perform puja, worship, or yajnas, or for that matter any action. The scripture divides action into Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. I think we can apply this to all aspects of our life and locate the nature of our choices within the framework of Goodness, Passion and Ignorance.

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DHARMO RAKSHATI RAKSHITAH

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The Dharma which is upheld protects all. - Mahabharata

These Rivers

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These rivers, my dear son, flow towards the east, the western towards the west. They go from sea to sea. They bec..... - Uddalaka Aruni, Chandogya Upanishad

Does Dharma Have a Place in the Modern World?

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Asian Voice Atricle

 

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Reason, Scripture and Dharma

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There has to be some way of distinguishing Dharma. Some say the highest knowledge is gained through reason (tarka) but many ... - Shri Krishna, Mahabharata

World Family

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Only small men discriminate saying: One is a relative; the other is a stranger. For those who live magnanimously, the entire world.... - 3.37 Panchatantra

Ram Ram Ram Ram

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Lovely as a jasmine and a blue lotus, of surpassing strength, repositories of wisdom, endowed with natural grace, excel... - V1.Kishinand, RamaCharitamanas.

This is Myself Within the Heart

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This is myself within the heart, smaller than a grain of rice, than a barley corn, than a mustard seed, than a grain of mil... - Chandogya Upanishad 3.3.13.4

Dharma is Subtle

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Then the subtle dharma will provide great results. But due to many obstacles it will be difficult to follow the dharma... - Harivamsa Purana 3.2.44

Anger

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From anger arises delusion and bewilderment. From delusion comes memory loss; from loss of memory comes the destruction of .. - Bhagavad Gita 2.63

Auspicious Vibrations

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Om, May we hear with our ears what is Auspicious, O Devas, May we see with our eyes what is Auspicious, O Yajatraa,... - Upanishadic invocation

Cleansing of the Heart

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After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen dust of holy Guru's Lotus feet. I profess the pure, untainted glory.... Hanuman Chalisa Verse 1

Chant Govinda! Chant Govinda!

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Through the company of the good, there arises non-attachment; through non-attachment there arises freedom from.. V9. Bhaja Govindam, Adi Shankaracharya

Rama, the ocean of compassion

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"Like an ocean that is reached by many different rivers, that reverential one too is always accessible and reachable by clean-minded... - Valmiki Ramayana [1-1-16]

For Dharma

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Whenever there is a decline in Dharma, O descendant of Bharata, and predominance of adharma, at that time I descend. - Bhagavad Gita 4.7

Peace

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Lead Us From the Unreal To the Real Lead Us From Darkness To Light Lead Us From Death To Immortality Om Peace Peace Peace - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28.

Know where you stand

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One may know the four Vedas and the Dharma-sastras, yet if he has no realisation of his own spiritual self, he can be said.... - Chanakya Niti Shastra 15.12

Keep spinning in Love

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Bhakti (love/devotion) texts should be studied and actions which raise bhakti within oneself should be performed. - Naradas Bhakti Sutras 76

As the spokes in the hub of a wheel

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As the spokes in the hub of a wheel, everything rests on Prana (Life-force), the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda .. - Prasna Upanishad 2.6

What is Your Motivation?

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Yudhisthira said, ‘It is exceedingly difficult for one that is of a righteous disposition to perpetrate an act that .... Mahprasthanika Parva, Mahabharata

What about animals?

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Do not render the vedas as false, false are those who do not contemplate the message. When you say that the Lord is in everyone, why do you kill the animals? - Kabir, Guru Granth Sahib

True Happiness

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I have realised that even if a single person owned everything on earth, all of her beautiful paddy fields and barley, ..... - King Yayati, Mahabharata

Lawless Hinduism

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The Lord said, ‘Fearlessness, Purity of heart, knowledge and correct action, charity, controlling the mind, performing sacrifices, study, austerities, sincerity, non... - Bhagavad Gita 16.1-3

Helping others stronger than prayer

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Krishna says, anyone who neglects people who are in need of care and who simply only worships, his efforts are wasted. - Shrimad Bhagavata Purana 3.29.2

Do you think you know it all?

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If you think I know it well (Brahman*), then you know very little of its form, the form you think you see in other living beings and devas, Therefore you should enquire further. - Kena Upanishad 2.1

The fog of desire

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As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dirt and as an embryo is covered by its membrane, so is this world covered by desire. - Bhagavad Gita

What can you do to help?

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A learned person who gives the gift of safety to all creatures is regarded as the giver of life to the whole world. - Mahabharata 13.116.20

An invaluable gift over 5000 years old

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Agni I worship, the priest, the one who sacrifices, the gods, the invoker, who bestows divine wealth - Rig Veda 1.1.1

Happy 150th Birthday to Swami Vivekananda

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a great soul who lived 150 years ago. His messages reverberate throughout the world as if he was still here. He was a great practitioner, servant, and scholar of Hinduism. His name was Swami Vivekananda and he was a devout follower of his guru Sri Ramakrishna. From the Dharmic perspective he always spoke for the poor.
Below are some excerpts from his speeches and teachings:
My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.

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Tina Turner Sings Sanskrit Mantra Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu

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Dear friends,

Namaste, I came across this wonderful video on he internet and wanted to share it with you all. It is Tina Turner the great american singer singing the sanskrit mantra Sarvesham, The translation for this this verse is given below.  Though it is of Hinduism it is applicable to all beings including animals.

Om Sarvesham Swasti Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu

Meaning –
May auspiciousness be unto all;
May peace be unto all;
May fullness be unto all;
May prosperity be unto all.
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How should I act?

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Indian philosophy thought is often heavily scrutinized in the modern world for being outdated with regards to social issues. Discriminatory on the basis of gender, caste, economic position and so on but does this the only world view? The Mahabharata and many other texts display another view which has a very different focus, one that is dedicated to the spiritual nature of every living being. In this world view sectarian walls come down in the face of common identity, class, race, and gender are all to be regarded as temporary. This then becomes the base motive for change; there are many examples in the modern world with very Dharmic individuals utilizing these beliefs to legitimate opposition to colonial, social, sexual and economic oppression.